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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | August 2017

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Managing multiple sclerosis and bladder dysfunction: part two

Managing multiple sclerosis and bladder dysfunction: part two
Continence

Article topics: Bladder problems, Continence, Multiple Sclerosis, Prescribing

Continence is an area that requires many community nurses to prescribe from the Nurse Practitioner’s Formulary to promote good patient care and appropriate service delivery. Recently in West Berkshire, with the full support of GPs, the continence advisory service has taken over the non-medical prescribing of all continence products, with the aim of providing a safe, cost-effective and timely service. This initiative is aimed at changing the way continence prescriptions are issued to patients. This second article of a two-part series, as well as featuring a case report looking at the management of a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) and bladder dysfunction, looks at the importance of holistic assessment to ensure appropriate catheter provision in line with prescribing principles.